Dalia Khichdi is a delicious one pot meal made from broken wheat, Moong dal (Yellow Lentil) and vegetables. It’s incredible light and healthy and is one of the simplest recipes to make.
Dalia Khichdi is high in nutrition as broken wheat and pulses make it rich in protein, fiber and iron. Dalia which is cracked and unpolished wheat is a good source of dietary fibre. Addition vegetables like louki (ghiya / bottle gourd), carrots and fresh peas further enhance its taste and nutritional value.
You can also add tomato & onion to the recipe if you want. However I have found that Daliya Khichdi tastes better without them, so I have posted a no onion no garlic recipe.
The consistency of Dalia Khichdi is very soft which makes it easy for kids to swallow and is also a perfect comfort food, more so during winters. This dish is perfectly suited for those who wish to keep the breakfast healthy as well as tasty.
- 1 Cup Daliya (Broken Wheat)
- 1/4 Cup Moong Dal (Yellow)
- 1 Small Potato
- 1 Carrot
- 1/2 Louki (Ghiya / Bottle Gourd)
- 1/2 Cup Green Peas (Matar)
- 1 Green Chilli
- 1 Tablespoon Rai (Black Mustard Seeds)
- 1 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds (Jeera)
- 2 Cloves (Laung)
- 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder (Haldi)
- 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper Powder
- 1/2 Saunth Powder (Ginger Powder)
- 1 Teaspoon Salt, or to taste
- 5 Cups Water
- 2 Tablespoons Ghee
- Heat 1 Tablespoon Ghee in a pan and roast 1 Cup of Dalia till it turns aromatic and light brown in color. You can roast the Dalia in a large quantity and keep store it an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1-2 months.
- Heat 1 Tablespoon Ghee in a pressure cooker, and add Rai (Black Mustard Seeds).
- When the Rai starts to splutter add Cumin Seeds and let them crackle for a few seconds. Also add 2 Cloves (Laung).
- Add finely chopped Green Chillies and fry them. You can also add some finely chopped Ginger at this stage, but I am using Ginger Powder (Saunth) later so I have skipped adding it.
- Add peas to the pressure cooker along with diced potatoes, carrots and louki.
- Then add the roasted dalia to the pressure cooker.
- Rinse Moong Dal 3-4 times in water and add that to the cooker as well.
- Add 5 cups of water along with Turmeric Powder, Salt, Pepper and Saunth Powder (Ginger Powder).
- Cook the mixture in the pressure cooker till you get 1 whistle, then turn the flame to minimum.
- Then cook for 5 more minutes. Open the pressure cooker when the steam has come out. Dalia Khichdi is ready. You can have it plain or with curd, pickle or papad on the side.